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Aerodynamics and structure measurement subsystem for a shape memory alloy actuated adaptive airfoil
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Paper Abstract

The aim of this study is to propose a subsystem that is able to establish correlation between aerodynamics and structure measurements to be used as the input to the existing shape memory alloy actuated adaptive airfoil system. A reconfigurable wing with NACA 4412 airfoil was fabricated using Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and actuated using SMA spring. A wind tunnel testing was conducted at low Reynolds number with angle of attack ranging from 0° to 12°. Pressure taps were fitted along the upper and lower surface of the airfoil and connected to the multi-tube manometer in order to obtain pressure measurements and strain gauges were mounted in parallel to the pressure taps on the upper surface to measure the deflection of the structure due to the aerodynamics loading. A system to compute the lift and drag coefficients from pressure measurements, was developed using LabVIEW software. The strain of the airfoil structure on the upper surface of the airfoil was measured using strain gauge via the NI 9237 C Series Strain/Bridge Input Module. This measurement was mapped to the pressure distribution around the airfoil to obtain correlation with aerodynamic forces. A strain feedback system with PID controller was used to control the shape of the airfoil using the NI 9263 C Series Voltage Output Module. The work presented here is an extension of work done previously by the authors, and updates the existing adaptive airfoil system with an aerodynamics and wing structure measurements subsystem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10970, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2019, 1097012 (27 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2514015
Show Author Affiliations
Ermira Abdullah, Univ. Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)
Nuramira Azid, Univ. Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)
Suzana Abidin, Univ. Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)
Ng W. Tet, Univ. Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)
Dayang L. Abdul Majid, Univ. Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)
Azmin S. Mohd. Rafie, Univ. Putra Malaysia (Malaysia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10970:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2019
Jerome P. Lynch; Haiying Huang; Hoon Sohn; Kon-Well Wang, Editor(s)

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